Couldn’t agree more w/ Dudley.
Simon, you certainly cannot expect to come HERE for honest critique and not have some ‘honestly harsh critique” come your way. You’re still well into the beginning stages – I won’t go into details per the images, the folks here have done that already. You have a LONG way to go before you can safely react the way you did to some of the comments here.
Your problem is very common to most new photographers. When you first start out, your friends and family all tell you that your work is awesome – of course they will, they are friends and family and that’s what they are supposed to do. So, of course, YOU think your work is awesome.
However, when put in the light of pros and semi pros – you don’t come close, sorry to tell you.
And here’s the biggest tip to helping your photography career – LEARN TO TAKE CRITICISM. Nobody is going to like ALL your work. Some people will NEVER like anything you do… you have to learn to be ok with that. It’s integral to learning photography ( and advancing your skills ) that you take criticism openly and accept it. Just think how little of time you’ve been shooting and you’re asking critique from people who have been in the industry for 20+ years.
Really… what kind of a person asks for critique and then slams people for doing so. This, unfortunately, makes you a full blown fauxtographer.
You will find ( as all us do ) that the longer you shoot, the more knowledge you gain the less and less of your own images you like ; you become your own worst nightmare for critique.
I will add to the processing. Photography is about just that, photography. If you have to edit a photo to get the end result what you want – guess what? So many nublet photographers believe that Photoshop is the be all end all. Unfortunately, that is just not true. A pro does an extremely small amount of post processing to their images – they only have to because they got it right in camera.